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Acas encourages potential claimants to ask questions of their employer before deciding whether to issue tribunal proceedings in an equal pay claim. It suggests asking informally first, if possible, and then putting your questions in writing. Your employer will not be able to share information about individuals but can provide general information, and Acas suggests this could include: 

  • how much people of the opposite sex who do the same or similar work as you earn 
  • the contractual terms and conditions for people of the opposite sex who do the same or similar work as you 
  • the reason for any differences in pay and terms and conditions, if there are any 

You can also ask your colleagues if they are prepared to give you details about your pay, and before you issue a claim you must be able to identify a comparator (a colleagues whose pay you are comparing with yours).  

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.
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